How Nanotechnology May Be Damaging Our Lungs

How Nanotechnology May Be Damaging Our Lungs

 Nanomaterials may cause damage to the lungs

In 2006, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars published a warning and a challenge to the scientific community about its responsible use and handling of nanomaterials, as they were known to cause damage to the lungs.  Now, research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, has unveiled how the damage occurs and a possible means of control. 

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FDA Approves First Canine Cancer Drug

FDA Approves First Canine Cancer Drug

FDA approves first drug for canine cancer

The Food and Drug Administration approved today the nation’s first drug developed specifically for the treatment of canine cancer.

Manufactured by Pfizer Animal Health Inc., based in New York City, the drug marketed as Palladia, or chemically known as toceranib phosphate, will hit the markets in early 2010.

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New Hope For Early Diagnosis And Treatment Of Alzheimer’s

New Hope For Early Diagnosis And Treatment Of Alzheimer’s

New discovery could lead to early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

A discovery made by researchers at McGill University and the affiliated Lady Davis Research Institute for Medical Research at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital offers new hope for the early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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British Scientists Could Become First To Create Synthetic Human Blood

British Scientists Could Become First To Create Synthetic Human Blood

Scientists want to create blood from embryonic stem cells 

British scientists are on course to become the first to create synthetic human blood from embryonic stem cells, it emerged today.

The ground-breaking project could provide an unlimited supply of blood for emergency transfusions free of the risk of infection.

Because stem cells multiply indefinitely, it would be possible to enormous quantities, researchers said..

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Electrical Stimulation Through The Spinal Cord May Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms

Electrical Stimulation Through The Spinal Cord May Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms

Neural activity in the brain of a Parkinsonian rat before (top) and after (bottom) electrical stimulation is applied to its spinal cord.  

Delivering electrical stimulation to the spinal cord through tiny, platinum electrodes could ease the severe motor deficits of Parkinson’s disease as effectively as a much more intrusive procedure currently in clinical use, according to a new study in rodents. If the findings are confirmed in humans, scientists say, the procedure could dramatically improve treatment for the disease by making electrical therapies safer and more broadly available.

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The Human Brain Lives ‘On The Edge Of Chaos’

The Human Brain Lives ‘On The Edge Of Chaos’

 

Cambridge-based researchers provide new evidence that the human brain lives “on the edge of chaos”, at a critical transition point between randomness and order. The study, published March 20 in the open-access journal PLoS Computational Biology, provides experimental data on an idea previously fraught with theoretical speculation.

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How Much Energy Is Required To Make Bottled Water?

How Much Energy Is Required To Make Bottled Water?

 The energy required to produce bottled water is up to 2,000 times more than the energy required to produce tap water.

Most people who buy bottled water have access to clean drinking water virtually for free (in the US, tap water costs less than a penny per gallon, on average). Nevertheless, the consumption of bottled water continues to grow, far surpassing the US sales of milk and beer, and second only to soft drinks.

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Horseback Riding Eases Back Pain And Boosts Confidence

Horseback Riding Eases Back Pain And Boosts Confidence 

Riding on horseback not only eases back pain, but also boosts the rider’s confidence and emotional well being, according to a new study.   The findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that horseback riding and related equine assistance therapy programs for disabled and injured individuals benefit human participants.

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